Remembrances of Huey Johnson

Remembrances of Huey Johnson

 

  • James LeCuyer on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “I’d known Huey for a couple of weeks, mostly from a talk he gave at the Blue Rock Inn for…July 31, 2020
  • Jeanne Wetzel Chinn on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Huey was my boss from 2003-07, my mentor, and friend. His vision, compassion, direct forward momentum, honesty, and depthful questioning…July 26, 2020
  • mark on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Dear Sue, Megan, Tyler & Jill, I trust you are all slowly healing after such a poignant loss… For me,…July 24, 2020
  • San Francisco Zen Center on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “San Francisco Zen Center, Marin County and, indeed, anyone concerned about the environment, lost a great friend and benefactor with…July 23, 2020
  • Jodie Evans on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “I remember the day Jerry popped the Question, well if you have all the answers (or some such quip) come…July 23, 2020
  • Earle W. Cummings on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “I began a career in natural resources at California Department of Fish and Game, working in the wildlife investigations lab…July 21, 2020
  • Geni Beckham on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “I just want to say that my Uncle Huey was a great man and a great steward for the planet.…July 21, 2020
  • Ray Murray on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “A colleague forwarded Huey’s obituary to me early this week and I was deeply moved. I first engaged with Huey…July 17, 2020
  • Phil Greenberg on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “In late 1977 Governor Jerry Brown convinced Huey to accept an appointment as his Secretary For Resources for the State…July 17, 2020

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  1. Earle W. Cummings

    I began a career in natural resources at California Department of Fish and Game, working in the wildlife investigations lab in Sacramento, moved into the Environmental Services section of Region 2, then data processing back at the Lab, and then applied for an employee development position that Huey Johnson created when he became the Secretary for Resources. The job was called “Environmental Resource Management Executive Trainee” or ERMET. In that program I took classwork at Sacramento State, and spent 6 months each in a series of positions at the Department of Boating and Waterways, Agency Secretary’s Office, California Water Commission and Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. During that training and development program, I helped organize a “Crane Conference” held at the Oakland Museum of California. I also worked with Starker Leopold to investigate and advise on discontinuing use of Compound 1080 as a rodenticide and predator control chemical. My special memory, though, was when Huey asked me if it would be a good idea to take the last free wild California Condors into a captive breeding program. Based on the rate at which they were dying in the wild, I advised him it might be the only way to get them on the track to recovery. He took my advice (and probably advice from many others) and approved the action. I can report with joy that now, nearly 30 years later, I have seen wild condors at Big Sur, on the coast south of there, and a circling pod of five condors on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Recovery is happening!

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